Breakfast is a nutritionally important meal of the day. But I also find it to be an emotionally important meal. When I wake up on the wrong side of the bed, I need a good breakfast to help me turn my day around. And it really works. No bowls of cold cereal. I need warm food that makes me feel happy. I love easy ways to make breakfast seem special, since I usually don’t have much time on those days.
These gingerbread pancakes fit that bill. If you tried my gingerbread pancakes last year, these are even better. Lighter and more fluffy. Still great gingerbread flavor without being overpowering. And no sugar in the batter besides molasses! Hooray!
Gingerbread Pancakes (Makes 10-15 pancakes)
1 large egg
1 ½ cups skim milk
5 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ⅓ cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
1. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, milk, molasses, oil, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
2. Heat a griddle or non-stick pan to medium-high heat (350 if electric). Lightly spray pan with cooking spray. Pour about ¼-⅓ cup batter onto griddle for each cake. Cook until they start to bubble and bottom looks set. Flip and cook until browned.
Nutritional Information (Amount per pancake):
Protein: 3 g
Fat: 3 g
Saturated Fat: less than 1 g
Cholesterol: 16 mg
Carbohydrates: 18 g
Fiber: 2 gm
Sodium: 138 mg
Notes: I prefer white whole wheat flour, but “regular” whole wheat flour also works here. As with all pancake batters, I find the amount of liquid is a little bit tricky. You can add more milk if you need a thinner batter.
Source: Children’s Museum Denver
Christmas is coming. Gingerbread is an integral part of most families’ traditions, although rarely for eating. Most of us make gingerbread houses, but do we make gingerbread to eat? Not generally.
I’ve been experimenting with different gingerbreads for breakfast, and my family has been loving it. It’s such a flavor boost. I’m hooked. Enjoy!
Gingerbread Pancakes (Makes about 10 pancakes)
1 ¾ cups + 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour (9.4 ounces)
½ tablespoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons molasses
1 ½ cups skim milk or nonfat buttermilk
1. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Add milk gradually, adding just until it reaches the right consistency.
2. Heat a griddle to 350 degrees or a skillet over medium high heat. Spray with cooking spray. Cook pancakes about 3 minutes per side, until lightly browned. Serve warm.
Nutritional Information (Amount per pancake):
Protein: 6 g
Fat: 2 g
Saturated Fat: .5 g
Cholesterol: 38 mg
Carbohydrates: 29 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sodium: 318 mg
Recipe Notes: I find most pancake recipes underestimate the amount of liquid needed. Add milk to the consistency you like for pancakes. I prefer thin pancake batter. These pancakes are kind of “hefty” as it is, so I don’t need the batter to be thicker than necessary.
Source: adapted from Williams-Sonoma
I kind of hate thinking about Christmas too much before Thanksgiving. But many of us do our Christmas shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. And I will be busy with family over the holiday, so here we are. Here are some of my favorite cooking gadgets or healthy resources. Hope they give you some ideas for people on your Christmas list. (I am not receiving any compensation for mentioning any of these products. These are just things I use and love.)
-Spiralizer. While I might be a year or two behind the trend on zoodles, I recently got a spiralizer and I love it. We have loved eating spiralized hash browns A LOT. You can buy really expensive or really cheap ones. I opted for a less expensive, handheld model and love it. (The one I got doesn’t seem to be available on Amazon, but this one is like it.)
-Kitchen Scale. While this seems like a rude, diet-oriented gift, it is actually quite useful. Especially for any bakers out there, exact measurements are very helpful. I recently got this one, because it was the top rated item on Amazon. It does work well.
-Spices or herbs. This isn’t a joke. Fun or exotic spices can be expensive but really open up doors in cooking. Plus it is important to have fresh, quality products. While I don’t purchase them all the time, Penzey’s Spices have great products. I love the curry powder, chipotle chile powder, garam masala, and cocoa powder I have gotten from there. I know many people love their cinnamon as well. They also have great gift box options.
-Magazine Subscription. My favorite cooking magazines are Cooking Light and Cook’s Illustrated. While Cook’s Illustrated doesn’t only have “healthy” recipes, their analysis of the science behind cooking makes you a better cook for reading it.
-Lasagna Pan. I registered for this when I got married, and I kind of felt frivolous. It’s a 9×13 pan, right? WRONG. I love my pan. It is just a bit bigger than a traditional 9×13 pan, which is great for lasagna, enchiladas, and all sorts of casseroles. I just discovered that mine was recalled over 2 years ago (oops!), but there are plenty of options out there.